University College Maastricht

University College Maastricht

Are you highly motivated and looking for a programme that gives you the freedom to pursue your own interests? Do you want to be part of a diverse yet close-knit academic community that encourages discussion and debate? University College Maastricht is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Honours College that provides small-scale and individualised bachelor's education. At UCM, you will be part of a truly international community, working and socialising with students from more than 50 countries. With the support of our committed staff, you can choose from more than 150 different courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences to build an academic profile that helps you meet your goals.

UCM is a Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University. Here, together with the support of your personal academic advisor, you create your own curriculum which fits your academic and professional ambitions.

Find out more about UCM during the Bachelor's Open Day

University College Maastricht in a nutshell



  • Kapuscinski Development Lecture by Professor Alcinda Honwana at UM

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    On January 26th, the UM Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences hosted the Kapuscinski Development Lecture. The lecture ‘Youth in Movement: Waithood, Migration and the Peripheries’ at FASoS was given by Professor Alcinda Honwana, Inter-Regional Adviser on social development policy at the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs and visiting professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University in the UK

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  • Keuzegids 2017

    Keuzegids Bachelors 2018: seal of quality for three UM colleges

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The ‘Keuzegids Bachelors 2018’, released today, shows a continued increase in our university’s scores. Our students’ positive evaluation has seen many programmes rise in the national rankings. All three UM colleges have been awarded a seal of quality, which distinguishes them as top programmes. Remarkably, University College Venlo, participating for the first time, leads the field; University College Maastricht and the Maastricht Science Programme also remain at the top of the Keuzegids.

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  • Tom de Kruif

    UCM alumnus Tom de Kruif History teacher of the year 2017

    Monday, November 6, 2017

    Tom de Kruif, history teacher at Rijnlands Lyceum in Sassenheim (NL), was acclaimed: History Teacher of the year 2017. The winner was announced on 28 October during a festive gathering in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, hosted by Diewertje Blok. As winner of the title, de Kruif will be ambassador of Dutch history education for a year.

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  • UCM creates

    UCM takes part in EU-project to promote Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Monday, October 30, 2017 Read more
  • UCM - Teun Dekker

    University College Maastricht’s Teun Dekker first European Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education!

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    On 1 July 2017, Prof. Teun Dekker became the first Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe.

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  • University College Maastricht - Teachers

    University College Maastricht has the best teachers!

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Good teachers make time for their students, they are available for questions outside the classroom and of course they are competent in their field. According to the Elsevier Best Studies Guide 2017, University College Maastricht has the best teachers in the Netherlands.

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  • Elsevier ranking 2017

    University Colleges UM dominate Elsevier ranking

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Both University Colleges of Maastricht University head the Elsevier ranking Best Study Programmes of the Year 2017.

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  • Students UCV

    National Student Survey: UM scored well with regard to internationalisation

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Just like last year, students were generally quite positive about the Maastricht University (UM) study programmes. Fourteen of the seventeen themes showed increased appreciation compared to last year, with UM doing particularly well and scoring above average with regard to the new theme of 'internationalisation'.

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  • THE Young Universities Ranking

    UM ranked as world’s sixth best young university

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Maastricht University is the sixth best young university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 200 under 50 ranking, which was published during the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane, Australia on April 5th.

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  • Europe calling

    Maastricht University and Europe

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    Leading up to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, UM organised three 'Europe events'. A photo report of these events can be found at the bottom of this page.

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  • It's for people who want to do more than one thing and want to be able to combine courses however they want
    Julia König, Alumna, University College Maastricht
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      Do you know about the WE Festival? It is a non-profit organization first organized in May 2010. Ever since then it has grown to be a more and more recognizable event among the student, squat, local and international communities of Maastricht, with its main focuses being the ever-present issue of sustainability and community building! The festival is already taking place! Do not miss out!

      The WE Festival
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    • Today we had one of our experience days! Several prospect students got the opportunity to get to know a little bit more about UCM and how it works.

      1 week 3 hours ago
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      Did you have a chance to participate in the Duck Race yesterday? Yes? Share your impressions with us in commentary below👇🏼🐥🏅#maastrichtuniversity #duckrace

      1 week 10 hours ago
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      While studying hard today for the upcoming week’s tutorials, do not forget to congratulate your mom with the Mother’s Day 🌷#mothersday #students #maastrichtuniversity #homeawayfromhome

      1 week 1 day ago
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      Take part in one of our Experience Days and learn more about our university culture! It’s your opportunity to talk to current UCM students & staff, and to practice the PBL (problem-based learning) method yourself.
      See you soon!

      P.s. don't forget to follow our Instagram for more personal insights!

      1 week 2 days ago
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      •Peter Møllgaard | Dean School of Business and Economics •
      “Technology is changing not only the way in which we learn, it will also significantly change our future jobs. Young people under education now will have seven different jobs – and five of these do not exist today. Half of the jobs that exist today will disappear in 10-20 years. To prepare for my new job, I started to learn Dutch (Ik leer Nederlands) already in the middle of February, six weeks before I started the job. And I am using the DuoLingo app. This shows how easy it is to learn outside the traditional classroom and we should take note of this and also support PBL, the international classroom, and the Maastricht University Student Experience via technology. On top of that lifelong learning will become both a necessity and a wish of just about all ‘employees’ in whatever work relation they engage in. So, we need to think lifelong learning into our educational activities at both the traditional bachelor/master level and the continuing education that takes place in UMIO. Lifelong learning is a mind-set. It is a continuous and positive attitude towards learning and development both personally and professionally… often the distinction between professional and personal development will vanish.” #maastrichtuniversity #humansofsbe #leadinginlearning #maastricht #dean

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